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Shuttle service to be provided at Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo

GRANDVIEW - Those who are ages 55 and older or who have a disability can enjoy a free shuttle service provided at this year's Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo in Grandview. The Foundation for the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo coordinated the effort to introduce shuttle services. Joanne Vining, a member of the foundation's board, said the shuttle service will make it easier for all people to attend and enjoy the fair. "We provide supplemental funds to support and to benefit area youth through participation in 4-H and FFA groups," she said of the foundation's efforts. This is the first year the shuttle service will be provided for seniors and disabled individuals. Vining said the foundation hopes it is well received. "The golf carts (shuttles) are being provided by two businesses," she said, stating sponsors of the service include C. Speck Motors of Sunnyside and Willow Crest Winery of Prosser. The Sunnyside Fire Department's explorer scouts and other community volunteers will be driving the shuttles to help individuals get to and from various locations at the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo. Also volunteering their services will be member of the Masonic Lodge of Grandview. "We are very thankful to these people for volunteering their time," said Vining. The shuttle will make three stops within the fairgrounds and the main pick-up area at the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo's main entry. "It is the hope of the foundation members that this will encourage people to attend the fair if they do not want to do too much walking," Vining said. Signs will be posted at each of the shuttle service drop-off and pick-up areas. The signs were donated by Pepsi. The Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo is set for Wednesday, Aug. 7, through Saturday, Aug. 10.

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